Source: Utilities Middle East (2015).
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently awarded to First Balfour the contract to construct the P2.48-billion overhead transmission line portion of the Taguig-Baras 500-kiloVolt Substation Project.
The project, the second partnership between NGCP and First Balfour following the award of the Hermosa-San Jose Overhead Transmission Line (OHTL) project in 2017, involves the construction of an additional network of OHTL, steel towers, and liveline installation spanning 21 kilometers from Binangonan to Baras, Rizal. The steel towers are designed to withstand a 300 kph wind load, surpassing the 270 kph wind load capacity of existing towers in the Philippines.
Targeted to be completed within 22 months, the project aims to decongest other substations and support the increasing power demand in Metro Manila and nearby Luzon provinces. “The new Taguig-Baras 500kV line is one of the major transmission network developments for Metro Manila to ensure that the power requirements of the country’s load center will be adequately and reliably served in the long term,” said NGCP.
The project also covers the liveline replacement of optical ground wires (OPGW) for the Tayabas-San Jose OHTL stretching 120 kilometers from the province of Quezon to Bulacan. OPGW is a special type of cable used in overhead power lines.
This second partnership reasserts the confidence of NGCP with First Balfour’s capabilities as one of the leading contractors in the power and energy construction market.
NGCP, a privately owned corporation, is in charge of operating, maintaining and developing the country’s electricity superhighway. NGCP envisions building the strongest power grid and maintaining the best power utility practice in Southeast Asia, with the collective efforts of a world-class professional workforce.